Australia’s food agency approves new version of the Food Standards Code
December 17, 2014

Australia’s food agency approves new version of the Food Standards Code On 16 December 2014, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) released its approved version of the latest revision of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Food Standards Code). The new Food Standards Code requires only the approval by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation and gazettal to become law. In releasing the proposed new Food Standards Code, FSANZ stated that the key goal... ...Read more »

ACCC launches major investigation on raw milk even after bath milk recall
December 15, 2014

Raw milk controversy continues even after bath milk recall The debate around raw milk continues after dairy company Mountain View Farm recalled its Organic Bath Milk product. The recall came after the product was implicated in the death of a three-year-old child, who had consumed it. ACCC to investigate possible ACL breaches The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced on Friday that it was leading a national investigation of consumer law regulators into possible breaches of... ...Read more »

FSANZ calls for submissions on proposal for gluten claims about foods containing alcohol
December 10, 2014

FSANZ calls for submissions on proposal for gluten claims about foods containing alcohol Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has assessed a Proposal to permit nutrition content claims about gluten in relation to food containing more than 1.15 per cent alcohol by volume to continue to be made when Standard 1.2.7 – Nutrition, Health and Related Claims becomes mandatory. FSANZ has prepared a draft food regulatory measure. Pursuant to section 61 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand... ...Read more »

Government seeking to ‘simplify’ Australia’s food nutrition labels
December 8, 2014

Government seeking to ‘simplify’ Australia’s food nutrition labels Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking comments on a recommendation to change the way that nutrition information is provided on food labels. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said FSANZ had been asked by Ministers responsible for food regulation to assess and provide advice on a recommendation made by an independent labelling review that the current requirement be simplified. Food law expert Joe... ...Read more »

CHOICE opposes sports drink health claims as ‘misleading consumers’
October 8, 2014

CHOICE opposes sports drink health claims as ‘misleading consumers’ Consumer group CHOICE has said it believes that allowing sports drinks to carry health claims will “mislead consumers into believing that sports drinks are generally a healthy option” and has warned the Australian food regulator not to be sweet talked by the beverage industry. Standards to regulate health claims were introduced in 2013 so that consumers would not be misled. A product must meet certain strict criteria for... ...Read more »

Foodlegal Melbourne workshops booked out, Sydney filling quickly
October 1, 2014

Foodlegal Melbourne workshops booked out, Sydney filling quickly FoodLegal’s popular Health Claims and Australian Consumer Law workshops have booked out in Melbourne, but a small number of places for the Sydney workshops on 13 October 2014 and 14 October 2014 remain. Pre-booking is essential as numbers are strictly limited and are expected to be filled well before each date. The two workshops are: Credence claims and managing ACCC risks: Marketing food in compliance with The Australian Consumer... ...Read more »

Eagerly anticipated FoodLegal workshops hit Melbourne next week
September 22, 2014

Eagerly anticipated FoodLegal workshops hit Melbourne next week There is only a week until food lawyers and expert consultants FoodLegal are set to hold two of their most popular training courses, which are running in Melbourne next Wednesday 1 October 2014 and Thursday 2 October 2014 for the only time this year. Each workshop will run in both Melbourne and Sydney in October 2014 but pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited and are expected to be filled well before each date. The two workshops... ...Read more »

Health claims hazards: are you prepared?
September 17, 2014

Health claims hazards: are you prepared? The new health claims standard brings with it new uncertainties, new opportunities and new hazards. It can influence how a food business markets its product, how it distinguishes itself from the competition and what needs to be done to ensure the business does not mislead its consumers. For the only time this year, food lawyers and expert consultants FoodLegal are running one of their most popular training courses on how food businesses can make the new Health... ...Read more »

FoodLegal’s popular workshops open for brief season
August 25, 2014

FoodLegal’s popular workshops open for brief season Food lawyers and expert consultants FoodLegal are bringing back two of their most popular training courses for the only time this year. Each workshop will run in both Melbourne and Sydney in October 2014 but pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited and are expected to be filled well before each date. The two workshops are: Credence claims and managing ACCC risks: Marketing food in compliance with The Australian Consumer Law Harnessing... ...Read more »

Food Standards Australia New Zealand reacts to criticism of drinks Health claims anomaly
August 18, 2014

Food Standards Australia New Zealand reacts to criticism of drinks Health claims anomaly Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on its proposal to change the Food Standards Code to expand the range of claims that can be made about formulated supplementary sports foods (FSSFs), electrolyte drinks and electrolyte drink bases (EDs). The proposed changes coincide with a recent article written by Charles Fisher, a food lawyer and Principal of leading consultants FoodLegal.... ...Read more »

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